Old Street Train Station Accidents – Could You Claim Compensation?

You may wonder, ‘what steps could be taken if accidents at Old Street train station were to occur and cause injuries?’. This guide will explain the duty of care owed to you in a train station as either an employee or a member of the public. It will also highlight the steps you could take following an accident that resulted in you sustaining injuries. Furthermore, we will discuss the eligibility criteria that must be met to make a personal injury claim following an accident in a train station or on public transport.

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Accidents At Old Street Train Station – Could You Claim Compensation?

As you read this guide, you will find information regarding the accidents that could occur in a train station, a definition of negligence and how this could form grounds to bring forward a personal injury claim. Additionally, we will provide guideline compensation brackets and discuss how the services of a No Win No Fee solicitor could benefit you and your case.

At Public Interest Lawyers, our team of advisors are available 24/7 to provide a free assessment of your claim. Should they find that you are eligible to bring forward a personal injury claim, they can offer confidential legal advice and may connect you with one of the No Win No Fee solicitors from our panel.

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  1. Accidents At Old Street Train Station – Could You Claim Compensation?
  2. How Can Railway Station Accidents Happen?
  3. What Could You Do If Accidents At Old Street Train Station Occurred?
  4. Calculate What You Could Claim For A Personal Injury
  5. Get Help If Accidents At Old Street Train Station Were To Occur

Accidents At Old Street Train Station – Could You Claim Compensation?

To make a personal injury claim, your case must meet the eligibility criteria, which means the circumstances need to meet the definition of negligence. This is as follows:

  • Firstly, a third party owed you a duty of care at the time and place of your accident.
  • Secondly, they breach the duty of care owed to you.
  • Thirdly, as a result of the breach, you sustain physical and/or psychological injuries.

The Occupiers’ Liability Act 1957 (OLA) lays out the duty of care that those in control of a public place owe members of the public. They must take measures to ensure the reasonable safety of visitors to the space. This could include carrying out risk assessments and providing signage to mark hazards, for example.

If you are an employee working in a train station, the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (HASAWA) is the legislation that outlines your employer’s duty of care. This means they must take reasonably practicable measures to ensure your safety and welfare. The measures they should take include performing repairs within the correct time frame and ensuring proper training is provided to employees.

It is important to know that you also have a duty to behave reasonably and comply with any training or signage provided to protect your health and safety. Therefore, not every accident in a train station may entitle you to make a compensation claim.

Station And Rail Injury Statistics

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), which regulates the rail industry’s health and safety performance, provides an annual report containing rail safety statistics. This shows that between April 2021 and March 2022, 9,065 workforce and non-workforce injuries occurred on the mainline. Additionally, it shows that on the London Underground, there were 3,807 workforce and non-workforce injuries.

If you are unsure who is liable for the injuries you have sustained in a train station accident, please speak to a member of our team for advice. They are available 24/7 to help at a time most convenient for you.

How Can Railway Station Accidents Happen?

You may be wondering, ‘what could cause potential accidents at Old Street train station?’. Train stations can be comprised of different levels, multiple platforms, retailers, toilets and cafes, which could contain hazards that put visitors at risk of accidents.

Below we have provided examples of accidents that could take place in a train station:

  • A slip, trip and fall accident could occur due to wet and slippery flooring.
  • An allergic reaction or food poisoning from food bought in a cafe or shop at the station.
  • A fall from a height caused by a damaged section of railing on the stairs.
  • An electric shock from a faulty ticket machine or barrier.

The part of the train station where your accident occurs can affect who is liable for your injuries. For example, if you were injured in a shop situated within the station, you could be required to make your claim against the party in control of that shop.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to a member of our team for advice regarding your personal injury claim.

What Could You Do If Accidents At Old Street Train Station Occurred?

Should potential accidents at Old Street train station occur and cause injuries, there are steps that should be taken. It is important that relevant medical attention is sought first and foremost.

If you have been injured in a train station accident and meet the eligibility criteria to bring forward a personal injury claim, we recommend that you gather evidence to prove negligence. This can include:

  • Medical records detailing your injuries and treatment
  • CCTV footage
  • An accident book report
  • Photographs of the hazard that caused the accident, or of your injuries
  • Witness contact details

Additionally, it is advisable for you to seek legal advice. Our team of advisors can answer any queries regarding your claim at no cost.

Calculate What You Could Claim For A Personal Injury

There are up to two heads that could make up a successful personal injury claim following an accident in a train station: general and special damages.

Firstly, general damages account for the psychological harm and/or physical pain and suffering caused by your injuries. To help personal injury solicitors value settlements under general damages, they often use the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG), last updated in 2022. Therefore, we have used the guideline compensation brackets from the JCG to create the table below.

Injury Severity Notes Guideline Compensation Bracket
Injury Caused By Brain Damage (b) Moderately Severe There will be a serious disability, substantial dependence on others and a requirement for constant care. £219,070 to £282,010
Foot Injury (c) Very Severe Within this bracket, the injury will lead to a permanent and really serious disability or permanent severe pain. £83,960 to £109,650
Leg Injury (b)(ii) Very Serious This bracket includes injuries that lead to the person needing mobility aids or crutches for the remainder of their life, as they will suffer from permanent problems with mobility. £54,830 to £87,890
Hand Injury (e) Serious Cases where the hand is reduced by around 50% capacity. £29,000 to £61,910
Elbow Injury (a) Severely Disabling The injury will be severely disabling. £39,170 to £54,830
Pelvis/Hip Injury (b)(i) Moderate The injury will be significant but any permanent disability will not be major and any risks in the future will not be not great. £26,590 to £39,170
Neck Injury (b)(i) Moderate This bracket includes dislocations and fractures that may necessitate spinal fusion and cause severe immediate symptoms. £24,990 to £38,490
Knee Injury (b) Moderate Injuries falling within this bracket can involve dislocation, torn meniscus or cartilage, which leads to a mild future disability. £14,840 to £26,190
Ankle Injury (d) Modest Ligamentous injuries, sprains and minor or undisplaced fractures. Up to £13,740
Shoulder Injury (c) Moderate This bracket includes persisting discomfort and limited movement for around two years due to a frozen shoulder. £7,890 to £12,770

This table should be considered as a guide as your overall settlement could be influenced by many factors.

Secondly, special damages accounts for any past or future financial losses resulting from your injuries. These losses may involve:

  • Medical costs
  • Loss of earnings
  • The costs of adaptations to your home
  • Care costs
  • Travel expenses

You must provide evidence of these losses to support a claim under special damages. You could do this by retaining travel tickets or gathering payslips and invoices.

Please speak to a member of our team to receive an estimate of the amount of compensation that you could be eligible to receive.

Get Help If Accidents At Old Street Train Station Were To Occur

You are not under an obligation to use a solicitor to make a personal injury claim following a train station accident. However, it may prove to be a beneficial option as legal professionals can use their experience to help you navigate the claims process. Additionally, they can help you to compile your evidence and put forward a complete claim.

If accessing the services of a solicitor concerns you, entering into a type of No Win No Fee agreement called a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) could be the right option for you. A CFA generally means that you will not make payments for your solicitor’s services:

  • Upfront
  • During the course of your ongoing claim
  • In the event that your claim resolves unsuccessfully and no compensation is awarded

Alternatively, if your claim is successful, your solicitor will deduct a small percentage of the personal injury compensation. This is a success fee, which legislation caps.

Find out more by:

  • Calling our advisors on 0800 408 7825
  • Filling out our online form to contact us
  • Writing to a member of our team using the live support feature below

Resources For Personal Injury Claims

The links below offer further reading on pursuing personal injury compensation.

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Thank you for reading this guide to the steps you could take should accidents at Old Street train station take place and result in injuries.

Article by EA

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